Sustainable further development of the Institute

The Federal Institute for Vocational Education faces up to future challenges. Quality development (“learner-oriented quality testing in continuing training” model, LQW) and participation in the “work-life balance audit” and in the “EMAS” Environmental Management System are all important strategic processes.

Quality development at BIBB

Further development of the quality of processes and services takes place on a regular basis. Quality goals have been stipulated for all work processes and results. These objectives encompass planning, implementation, transfer and evaluation. We regularly monitor the achievement of our quality goals.

The quality management system “learner-oriented quality testing in continuing training” (LQW) provides a support structure that enables BIBB to reflect in a targeted manner upon processes in various quality areas, such as customer communications or infrastructure, adapt to current requirements and initiate debate. In June 2014, BIBB successfully completed retesting and demonstrated the quality endeavours it had undertaken over the past four years in an extensive self-report. This document provides evidence of BIBB’s quality work and gives staff a comprehensive overview of current developments. Regular reflection and documentation is an aspect of quality assurance. This is closely linked with a committed attitude on the part of employees, something which BIBB supports and shapes in its capacity as a learning organisation.

Audit “workandfamily"

Participation in the “workandfamily” audit is a further important quality development instrument at BIBB. BIBB adopts an active and supportive approach to its responsibility as a family-friendly employer and offers a wide range of measures across various phases of life. The 2013 re-certification of the “workandfamily" audit for the years 2013-2016 represented a target-setting agreement jointly concluded between management and staff for a whole host of measures aimed at achieving better compatibility between working and family life.

EMAS Environmental Management System

BIBB provides regular evidence of activities in the areas of “environmental protection” and “sustainability” and actively embraces its responsibility for the environment with its annual participation in the European “Eco-Management and Audit Scheme” (EMAS). This modern management and audit system enables BIBB to sharpen its awareness of the implications of its actions, identify potential areas for improvement, and eliminate weaknesses. The ongoing process instigated and maintained by EMAS is essential to the improvement of environmental performance.

Annual updates to its Environmental Declaration and revalidations conducted at regular intervals subject BIBB’s services and products to systematic testing and take the aspect of environmental protection and sustainability into account wherever possible. The Environmental Team at BIBB supports and shapes the implementation of the Institute’s environmental awareness targets and the performance of the yearly internal and external audits.

Environmental Management in the BIBB